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Jack Scott

Jack Scott sounded tough, like someone you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley unless he had a guitar in his hands. When he growled "The Way I Walk," wise men (and women) stepped aside. Despite his snarling rockabilly attitude, Scott hailed from Ontario, Canada, and grew up near Detroit, developing a love for hillbilly music along the way. His first sides for ABC/Paramount in 1957 exhibited a profound country-rock synthesis, and after moving to the Carlton label, Scott hit the charts the next year with the tremulous ballad "My True Love," backed by his vocal group, the Chantones. Flip it over, however, and you have the hauling rocker "Leroy," all about some wacked-out tough guy who's content to remain behind the bars of his local jail. Scott's pronounced emphasis on acoustic guitar distinguishes atmospheric rockers like "Goodbye Baby," "Go Wild Little Sadie," "Midgie," and "Geraldine." But his principal pop success came with tears-in-your-beer country-based ballads -- "What in the World's Come Over You" and "Burning Bridges" were massive smashes on Top Rank in 1960, and he recorded an entire album's worth of Hank Williams covers for the firm the same year.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Scott (born Jack Scafone, Jr., January 28, 1936) moved to a town on the outskirts of Detroit, MI, when he was ten years old. At the age of 18, he formed the Southern Drifters and after leading the band for three years, he signed to ABC as a solo artist in 1957. Over the next year, he released a handful of singles for the label before moving to Carlton Records the following year. His double-A-sided debut for Carlton, "My True Love"/"Leroy," became a huge hit, with the first song peaking at number three and the latter at number 11; it also became a Top Ten hit in England. During the next two years, Scott had a number of minor hits for Carlton, highlighted by the number eight hit "Goodbye Baby" (fall 1958). On most of these tracks, the Chantones provided vocal support.

Late in 1959, he switched labels, signing with Top Rank. His first single for the label, "What in the World's Come Over You," became a number five hit early in 1960. It was followed a few months later by another Top Ten hit, the number three single "Burning Bridges." The pair of singles were his last major hits, and over the next two years, his singles progressively charted at lower positions than their predecessors. Early in 1961, he signed with Capitol Records, but none of his three singles made the Top 40.

Scott continued to vacillate between cowboy crooner and rough-edged rocker throughout the remainder of the '60s and '70s, recording for a variety of labels, including Groove and Dot. In 1974, he managed to have a minor country hit with his Dot single "You're Just Gettin' Better." During the '80s and '90s, Scott occasionally turned up on the oldies circuit, still looking and sounding like a man you seriously didn't want to mess with. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi
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jackscott is the best, saw him a few years ago in concert. mickey rousseau
The first time I danced with a boy was to my true love. I was 12 years old
my true love...that takes me way back
Burnning Bridges best song ever
Jack Scott - Beautiful rugged voice!
I only recently discovered the rock-a-billy side to Jack. Have come a way with new respect for his abilities. He was great !
dr.norm
One of the best One Hit Wonders of the 60's -- I think that he never had a hit better than My True Love.
Jack is the best he was inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame in Toronto last March! Thank god I can still see him in concert! I love watching him perform! He's a living legend!
jirph
Jack Scott is little remembered and under appreciated. I think he's great!
bobknudsen0
I think Jack Scott Is a Great Artist.Thank s for those fine memories.I really loved My True Love and With Your Love .
yeiskpa
Jack Scott was a great and wonderful talent among the other artist links of talent
of that era, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, which is the blend and a fabric of the birth of Rock n Roll cannot ever be duplicated; That special air belongs to those of us who were there....
Thank you Pandora for memory lane, Three Buffalos
szak0
myalltime favorite from my teenage years. " My true love"still gives me chills and bringsback such fond memories of the sockhops and dancing with my sweetie. Thanks for playing this awesome artist.
His best in my humble opinion was "cool water". Great song!!!
I remember Jack Scott ,grew up listening to his music ,great artist. Still love to listen to his music. discovered alot more songs by him that I don't recall
hearing before . Keep up the good work in bringing this kind of music for us to listen to. Thanks,
Iluveddierab b i t @ a o l . c o m
I like to hear the new artists sing the old country songs, but you can't beat hearing the original hits.
Jack Scoot was the best as far as ballad singing goes. His style is excellent

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